CARE, not stare
Our Campaign Storyends 31 Jan 2016, 12 AM
My dad had a stroke last year and never quite recovered. He's been wheelchair-bound since and I can see how that had affected his self-esteem and outlook in life. I realised through his condition, there was little or insufficient awareness or social support services and caregiving help to family members. Apart from engaging a helper, I think we can do more to support those who have a family member living with them with stroke. In fact, a third of stroke patients do not quite recover and are wheelchair-bound for life.
Throughout the last year, I have written to SMRT to see how wheelchair-bound commuters can easily get into the train with specific carriages located conveniently at the lifts. On average, the train doors shut within 2-3mins - imagine if you're wheelchair-bound or have an elderly caregiver wheeling his/her wheelchair-bound spouse. We can do better than that.
We don't believe in giving up on stroke survivors.
We don't believe that caregivers should go unnoticed, unappreciated and unsupported.
We don't believe that any of the 5,500 of 6,600 patients who survive a stroke should end up facing the walls at home forever, after being discharged from community hospitals or rehabilitation centres.
We believe that stroke survivors, regardless of financial status, should have access to an avenue to recovery.
We believe in Hope.
Stroke Support Station Ltd, or S3, a non-profit organisation (NPO) was set up by a group of volunteers from different walks of life. They bring with them different skillsets, and aim to:
a) bridge the gap in the current landscape in the care of stroke survivors, their family members and caregivers.
b) enhance stroke survivors' recovery opportunities and improve their overall quality of life.
We will achieve it through:
1) providing a series of innovative programmes, incorporating physio-emotional, speech, and occupational therapies.
2) providing social-emotional support, seeking to rebuild confidence and independence.
3) providing support services, education and training to stroke survivors as well as their caregivers, family members, volunteers, and members of other VWOs that also care for some stroke survivors.
4) using evidence-based and sustainable methodologies.
5) using new approaches, technology and methodologies.